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Be factual and full – but non-committal

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Despite the imperfections of the market for Chinese works of art, for many regional auctioneers this still vibrant area has done much to offset the soft prices for brown furniture which used to underpin the home market.

Before the crop of sales timed to coincide with Asian Art in London, a number of provincial firms were feeling its benefits.

Serious competition

Factual, full but non-committal descriptions together with an illustration are the way forward for many provincial catalogues.

The subject of serious competition at Tayler & Fletcher (18% buyer’s premium) at Bourton-on-the-Water on October 19 was simply described as ‘a quatrefoil-shaped Chinese porcelain dish, delicately decorated in enamels with flower heads and scrolling foliage etc against a light green ground and six-character seal mark to underside’.

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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